Lineman gives the UA more size

There is an old adage that says, "you can't coach size." If that is the case, then Arizona has the key ingredients of a good lineman in their latest commitment. Ishmael Garcia may not appear at the top of many recruiting lists, but he gives the Wildcats another huge lineman.

Ishmael Garcia is a 6-5, 338 pound offensive lineman from Pomona (Garey), California. His team struggled this season and that has caused many to overlook the big blocker. His team went just 1-9, but the Wildcats saw what they needed to see and offered him a scholarship.

Garcia visited Tucson last weekend, loved what he saw and committed to the Cats right away.

"The people there welcomed me with open arms," Garcia said.

Garcia was impressed with the entire campus and the players as well. He described the facilities as, "top-notch" and said he really enjoyed the town.

Any concerns over the players meeting with President Likins last month were alleviated by the players and coaches.

"I talked to coach (John) Mackovic and he cleared everything up," said Garcia.

Garcia described himself as a, "power guy" but he wants to get even stronger before he gets to Arizona.

"I want to improve my overall strength and speed," said Garcia, who runs a 5.4 in the 40.

Garcia isn't sure what his role will be next season. He would like to play right away, but he's not against taking a redshirt season if it is the right move for him and the team.

Ironically enough, the player who hosted Garcia could very well be the player that Garcia was brought in to block for. Ryan O'Hara served as his host and left Garcia with a good impression.

"He's great," said Garcia. "He has great enthusiasm for the school and program."


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